Tuesday, 11 July 2017

(The Star) MB: Pulau Sembilan to be maintained as state park

It is not reasonable to gazette Pulau Sembilan, currently a state park, as a marine park says Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.

Zambry stressed that the state would maintain its decision made a few years ago in keeping the cluster of nine islands near Bagan Datuk as a state park.

He said this is not only to preserve the island’s pristine condition but also protect the livelihoods og fishermen in the area.

“If Pulau Sembilan is turned into a marine park, it would adversely impact the fishing industry that has already been in existence in the area for many decades.

“A marine park would fall under the Federal Government’s purview, and would not allow any form of fishing in the nearby waters. Fishermen in Pulau Pangkor, Bagan Datuk and Hutan Melintang would be affected as the waters around Pulau Sembilan are the main source of their income. This is why we want to maintain the state park status as it is,” he said.

Zambry added that the state government is also monitoring Pulau Jarak, known among the locals as Pulau Temorak, which borders Malaysia and Indonesia.

“It is quite a distance away from Pulau Sembilan, but we want to gazette it as a state park as well, similar to the way the Royal Belum State Park is gazetted,” he said, adding that future proposals to turn Pulau Sembilan into a marine park will not be entertained.

Zambry said the state is currently in the process of taking legal action against parties responsible for excessive tourism on Pulau Sembilan, which was closed earlier this year due to the effects of unsustainable tourism.

“We have now cleaned up the island and any remnants of building materials there have been moved out,” he said.